counting days as birth control tool
- 0Feb 4, '06 by AlibabaI just don't get it. How exactly do you count days to determine "safe days" and "unsafe days"? Please make it as easy as possible to understand:imbar
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- 0Feb 4, '06 by bethemThis is what Catholics refer to as the "rhythm method". It involves counting the days in your cycle and only having intercourse on days which are deemed "safe". It is not a terribly reliable method. If you Google the term "rhythm method" you should find some sites that make it easy to understand.
- 0Feb 4, '06 by SmilingBluEyesPLEASE PLEASE consult this book:
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health
THE authority on such matters. Further questions need to be directed to your doctor/midwife. GOOD LUCK!
- 0Feb 4, '06 by Alibabahi,,thanks for the replies. as for fowarding all questions to my pcp, I guess I should explain... I am volunteering at a catholic charities site and trying to teach "acceptable" birth control to immigrant families (women). Knowing the rationale behind the system helps a bit, but I need a completely simplified way to explain it to the women. thanks
- 0Feb 4, '06 by hospitalstaphQuote from bethemSorry, but this Catholic calls it the "unrealiable method" I recommend the Creighton Method instead.This is what Catholics refer to as the "rhythm method". It involves counting the days in your cycle and only having intercourse on days which are deemed "safe". It is not a terribly reliable method. If you Google the term "rhythm method" you should find some sites that make it easy to understand.
- 0Feb 4, '06 by clee1Quote from AlibabaThis method is only effective IF the lady is COMPLETELY regular with her periods. Before it is relied on, a careful charting of daily temperatures over several cycles should be done. A former girlfriend and I used this method effectively for over three years!I just don't get it. How exactly do you count days to determine "safe days" and "unsafe days"? Please make it as easy as possible to understand:imbar
Having said all that, ovulation is nominally on day 14 of the cycle, so abstaining from intercourse on days 12-16 is what is done. Those days are the "unsafe" days.Last edit by clee1 on Feb 4, '06
- 0Feb 4, '06 by DutchgirlRNWe used the rhythm method the first 5 years we were married. I was as regular as clockwork. I did not want to use BC pills because I was on them, went off, got pregnant,and miscarried. I got it in my head that it was because of the BC pills. Other methods of BC just never occured to us because it wouldn't have been a catastrophe had we gotten pregnant. I took my temperature religiously. One month my temp dropped 8 days after my period and we had had sex the night before and I did get pregnant. Waited 48 hours, had my blood drawn at work and it was positive. My baby is now 24 years old and has her own little bundle of joy. Following her birth I did go on BC pills. Decided to get pregnant 3 years later, went off BC pills, had a miscarriage. Used no BC for the next 6 years and finally got pregnant. He is now 16 y/o. Did you know that secondary infertility is actually more common than primary infertility. I had a procedure to flush my tubes just prior to getting pregnant with our son. Apparently there was a blockage somewhere. Didn't mean to turn this into a manuscript sorry.